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Distance today: 4.0 km (Accumulated: 26693.0 km)
Elapsed time: 00:22:42
Country: Chile West
Start 10:35am., 18c, o.c. and l.wind, at green km-sign "2087" on hwy.5. Finsh 11:40am., same, at the Arica border station to Peru on the Chilean side.
More border-trouble !!
As mentioned probably only too many times, this 2.world run seems to be a challenge not only reguarding how many kms a human body can do across the world, but, also increasingly how many logistics obstacles one can solve before it gets too much.
When I after 4 easy kms of running ran up to the borderstation between Chile and Peru I expected the usual formalities and had prepared myself that it might in worst case take a few hours. The customs officers were friendly and it all went fine untill the run came to a sudden hold: We were told that we cant bring the supportcar into Peru - or more correct, that we cant bring it out of Chile. I had relied on others to research this but I had been mistaken in not checking it myself.
The case, it seems, is that while its no problem to bring the car into Argentina or Bolivia, then its not allowed to bring it into Peru. Not due to the Peruvian authorities but for some unexplained reason, due to the chilean authorities, which unfortunately already has given the run all the troubles one can imagine (shoe-packages 'disappearing' in customs 3 times etc.). So, after negotiating for a while we had to drive back to Arica, the main city around 20km South. Luckily there is a danish consulate here which I, as it happend, ran right past on yesterdays stage, so I knew there perhaps would be an option here. This, however, was the end of our luck for this day. The personnel told us that the law is that one cant bring a car across, unless beeing a chilean citizen. And, that I am not.
This leaves us grasping for hope that I can continue the run. Ofcourse I can physically run across the border, but since there is desert also on the other side, it is to put it lightly not the best of ideas to run into the desert with a backpack..
A few solutions could be:
- To sell the car and buy another on the Peruvian side. This however means an expense that I can find funding for in my budget at the moment.
- To get a chilean to in formality 'buy' the car, by getting a legal office to change the name on the registration. But this will take a long time, much longer than we have.
- To try the option of driving me through Bolivia, into Peru and back to the other side of the border and continue the run, now on the Peruvian side. This means about 700km of driving much of it at 2000-4000m. altitude up in the rugged Andes Mountains which forms the border between Chile-Peru-Bolivia.
There is another solution possible though. Sarah from Australia was planning to visit for the birthday in 10days from now. At the moment she is researching the possibility to bring a running-stroller on the airplane from Adelaide ! With a stroller and the supplies I can carry in it, it possible to continue; its not a pleasant solution, but its possible - and that is what matters !
We will see how it all plays out in a few days ! Not the situation I had hope for to say the very least but when doning runs and adventures like this across the globe one cant expect "a smooth run" all the way :-)